The purpose of the Coastal Hazard Mailing List is to provide up-to-date coastal flood hazard information pertinent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Flood Insurance Program. Subscribers will receive new mailings on a monthly basis.

Coastal Barrier Resources System

The U.S. Congress passed the Coastal Barrier Resources Act in 1982 (CBRA) and the Coastal Barrier Improvement Act of 1990, which defined the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) and Otherwise Protected Areas (OPAs). The Acts define areas within the CBRS as depositional geologic features consisting of unconsolidated sedimentary matierials subject to wave, tidal, and wind energies; and protecting landward aquatic habitats from direct wave attack. An OPA is an undeveloped coastal barrier within the boundaries of an area established under Federal, State, or local law primarily for wildlife refuge or natural resource conservation purposes. The Acts prohibit expenditure of most Federal funds within the CBRS. Federal flood insurance is available in a CBRS area if the subject building was constructed (or permitted and under construction) before the CBRS area's effective date. For structures located in an OPA, insurance may be obtained if written documentation is provided certifying that the structure is used in a manner consistent with the purpose for which the area is protected.

Additional information regarding the CBRS, including history and access to a listing of CBRS communities can be found by visiting the CBRS Home Page.

Solutions to Coastal Disaster Conference

The Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference was held in San Diego, California, on February 24-27, 2002. The final program included technical sessions on coastal storms, shoreline change, coastal management, impacts of climate change, tsunamis and seismic events, and wind hazards. Proceedings are available for purchase by calling 1-800-548-2723 or online at

FEMA Map Service Center

The FEMA Map Service Center is responsible for the dissemination of FEMA's flood map and insurance products including Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs), Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), Flood Insurance Study reports (FIS reports), Digital Q3 flood data, Community Status Book, Flood Map Status Information Service (FMSIS), Letters of Map Change (LOMCs), and NFIP Insurance Manuals. These products can be ordered from the MSC FEMA Flood Map Store.

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Last Modified: Thursday, 21-Jun-2007 11:57:20 EDT